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Lyr Req: The Hielan' Man (Matt McGinn)

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Ian 29 Nov 96 - 05:18 PM
Gary Jensen (belter) 18 Dec 96 - 10:48 AM
Gary 18 Dec 96 - 10:55 AM
AlanR@vicinf.demon.co 18 Dec 96 - 06:12 PM
Alan Rose (AlanR@vicinf.demon.co 18 Dec 96 - 06:49 PM
Ian 20 Dec 96 - 07:05 PM
GUEST,Senga 09 Jul 03 - 06:09 PM
GUEST,senga 10 Jul 03 - 03:50 PM
GUEST,Senga 11 Jul 03 - 05:31 PM
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Subject: Lyric/Music Request - unknown song
From: Ian
Date: 29 Nov 96 - 05:18 PM

Hi folks,

I'm afraid I can't give you much to go on other than the subject and basic story-line of the song I'm looking for. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.

Here goes:

The story is that an English army was on the way to invading Scotland, when they spied a lone Scotsman at the top of a hill, standing defiantly and taunting the English army. The English captain(?) sends one of his men to take out the Scot. The English soldier goes over the hill, sounds of combat are heard and the English soldier is not seen again. The lone Scotsman appears on the hilltop once more, however.

This is repeated several times over. Each time, the English captain sends a larger and larger group of his men to attack the lone Scot. Each time none come back.

Finally, in anger, the English captain sends an entire company of his men to take out this irritating Scotsman. As the battle sounds die down, one of the English soldiers - quite battered and obviouly on his last legs - crawls back over the hill and says, "Go back! It's a trick! There's two of them!"

Unfortunately, I don't know who did it or where to find a copy; but, I'm hoping that someone out there does.

Thanks in advance. - Ian


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Subject: RE: Lyric/Music Request
From: Gary Jensen (belter)
Date: 18 Dec 96 - 10:48 AM

There is a version of this on the DT. It caught my eye because I heard it as a joke in the sci-fie seiries bye criss brunch & alan cole,(not shure I spelled thier names right) called STEN. In that one the big scotish guy is called Red Rory, but on the DT he, and the song have some name I can't prononce. I'll see If I can find what it's called.

I'd like music for it my self.


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Subject: RE: Lyric/Music Request
From: Gary
Date: 18 Dec 96 - 10:55 AM

the version on the DT is called grigaloo


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Subject: RE: Lyric/Music Request
From: AlanR@vicinf.demon.co
Date: 18 Dec 96 - 06:12 PM

The late Matt McGinn used to do a song which sounds remarkably like this. It was called (I think) "Aggricoli, Aggricolo" and was about the ROMANS! in scotland coming up against a Scot or (probably) a Pict - (Calgacula?)


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Subject: ADD: The Hielan' Man (Matt McGinn)
From: Alan Rose (AlanR@vicinf.demon.co
Date: 18 Dec 96 - 06:49 PM

Found it! The song is called "The Hielan' Man"
by Matt McGinn. It may not be what you are after but I
hope you enjoy it anyway.

The Hielan' Man
(Matt McGinn)

Ten thousand Roman sodgers
To the Hielans they came north.
And they had conquered millions
Frae the Tiber tae the Forth.
They landed near Loch Lomond
For the night they thought they'd lie
But frae somewhere on the Cobbler hill,
They heard this terrible cry

Chorus:
Gregali, Gregaloo!
Come up and fight ya cowardly crew,
I'll have you for my pot of stew;
You're feart tae fight wi' me!

On top was a a bearded hielan man
Wi' a kilt and a big claymore;
He looked a bit ferocious
So old Caesar sent up four.
Then he sat doon tae supper
By the bright light o' the moon,
But he lost his taste for vino
When four heids came rollin' doon.

Chorus

Then he sent up Mark Anthony
Wi' another fifty-five:
'Go bring tae me that rascal's heid,
Or I'll have ye skinned alive!'
Thet heard a clash o' metal then
Until the night was done;
But then there came this terrible cry
Wi' the risin' o' the sun.

Chorus

He next sent up a thousand men
This hielan man tae crack;
But oot o' a' that thousand
There was only one came back.
'O Caesar,' screamed the sodger
Wi' his heid a' black and blue,
'That rascal has been kiddin' us,
There's not just one - but two!'

Chorus

So Caesar picked his suitcase up
And he ran southwards then.
He was doin' eighty miles an hour
But he couldnae catch his men.
Now maybe you will wonder
Why I've told this tale at all;
Well, it has a simple moral
And they call it -
HADRIANS WALL


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Subject: RE: Lyric/Music Request
From: Ian
Date: 20 Dec 96 - 07:05 PM

Alan/Gary,

Thanks! Your help is greatly appreciated! I had heard of the song with the English as the invaders, but the fact that the song concerns the Romans instead is actually pretty interesting - especially with the Hadrian's Wall ending!

Alan - Do you (or anyone else) know where I can get a copy (recording) of the song itself? And/or what company Matt McGinn recorded for? Please let me know...

Thanks again! - Ian


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Subject: RE: Lyric/Music Request
From: GUEST,Senga
Date: 09 Jul 03 - 06:09 PM

Check out   www.theballadeers.com   for info on Matt McGinn songs and    email       mattmcginnrecords@yahoo.co.uk


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Subject: RE: The Hielan' Man (Matt McGinn)
From: GUEST,senga
Date: 10 Jul 03 - 03:50 PM

oops, that should have been mattmcginnrecords@yahoo.com

NOT .co.uk !


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Subject: RE: The Hielan' Man (Matt McGinn)
From: GUEST,Senga
Date: 11 Jul 03 - 05:31 PM

oops, that should have been    mattmcginnrecords@yahoo.com    !


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